The Counseling Services offices are:
1. in Building 6, room 108 (extension 2034).
- Dr. Aure Veyssière
- Prof. Jallal Toufiq
Available Thursdays from 14:30 p.m. to 18:30 pm.
2. in Building 8b, room 309 (extension 2157).
- Katy Stubanas
3. in Building 8B, room 203 (extension 2100).
- Imane Boukhare, M.Psy.
Helping Students in Distress: A Guide for Faculty and Staff
Many college students encounter academic, personal, and social stress during their educational experience. Most students cope successfully with the demands of college life and the interpersonal experiences and transition that go along with it, but for some students these difficulties can become overpowering and unmanageable.
Faculty and staff are frequently in the most direct position to identify students in distress. Moreover, staff and faculty are often perceived by students as the first point of contact in obtaining advice and support. Your expression of interest and concern may be critical in helping a student reestablish the emotional equilibrium necessary for academic success.
Recognizing Distressed Students
A referral for counseling can be made when you believe a student’s problems go beyond your experience and expertise, or when you feel uncomfortable helping a student with an issue. A referral may be made either because of the way the student’s problems are interfering with academics or with your teaching, or because observation of the student’s personal behavior raises concerns apart from academic work.
At one time or another, everyone feels upset. However, when some of the following are present, the student is probably in distress:
* Noticeable decline in quality of work or writing and class participation; increased absences, tardiness, or failure to turn in work
* Prolonged appearance of depression (e.g., sad expression, apathy, tearfulness, distractibility, weight loss)
* Nervousness, agitation, irritability, aggressiveness, non-stop talking
* Bizarre behavior or speech
* Extreme dependency on faculty or staff, including spending much time visiting during office hours or other times
* Marked change in personal hygiene
* Talk of suicide, either directly or indirectly (e.g., "I won’t be around to take that exam anyway." or "I’m not worried about getting a job, I won’t need one.")
* Comments in a student’s paper that arouse concern
Any one of the above signs present in a student does not absolutely indicate the student is in serious distress. Many disturbances during college are relatively transient. However, you may become alarmed by changes which are extreme or by significant changes that last longer than is typical. If there is doubt about the seriousness of the problem, consult with the health center or the counselor about evaluating the situation and taking the most appropriate steps.
What Can You Do?
The options you choose depend upon the urgency of the situation. For students who are having difficulty but seem able to cope, you may choose not to intervene, to limit your interaction to the academic issue, or to deal with it on a more personal level. If you judge a situation to be more urgent, you might decide that more active and timely involvement on your part is appropriate.
How Do You Make a Referral?
When you have decided a student might benefit from counseling, it is usually best to express your recommendation in a matter-of-fact manner. Make it clear that this represents your best judgment based on your observations of the student. Be specific regarding the behavior that has raised your concerns and avoid attributing anything negative to the individual's character.
Except in an emergency, the option must be left open for the student to accept or refuse counseling. If the student is reluctant for any reason, simply express your acceptance of those feelings so that your relationship with the student is not jeopardized. Give the student room to consider alternatives by suggesting that maybe you can talk after the student has had some time to think it over.
Once the student has agreed that counseling might be useful, there are several possible steps to take, depending on the urgency of the situation and how committed the student is to following through on the referral. You can give the student information about AUI Counseling and urge the student to email for an appointment or to drop by Building 6, #108 where hours are posted.
In emergency situations involving students who are unwilling or unable to seek help on their own, staff and faculty members may call the health center at extension 2057. The health center will contact the counselor. For any referral, whether the student accepts it or not, follows up with him or her later to show your continuing interest.
What Happens at Counseling?
Once the student contacts the counselor, an appointment is made for an initial interview. This is usually within a few days from the time of contact, but can often even happen the same day. In an emergency, the student will be seen that day.
During the first meeting, a counselor assesses the student's needs and the ways that AUI may be able to help. Options the counselor considers include individual counseling and / or referral to the Al Akhawayn psychiatrist Dr. Jallal Toufiq, who schedules appointments every Thursday afternoon from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. Some students may leave the initial appointment feeling able to handle their concerns without further assistance.
Counseling services provided at AUI for students, faculty and staff are free and confidential. Information is released only with written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality may occur if there is clear danger to self or others.
Consultation Is Available to You
If you have concerns and questions about a student, the counseling and health staff is available to help you:
1. Assess the situation, its seriousness, and potential referral.
2. Learn about resources so you can suggest the most appropriate help when talking with the student.
3. Learn the best way to make a referral if appropriate.
4. Clarify your own feelings about the student and consider the ways you can be most effective.
Important Contact Information:
Building 6, Office #108 ext. -2034
- Dr. Aure Veyssière, Ph.D.
- Prof. Jallal Toufiq, Pr.
Building 8b, Office #309 ext. -2157
- Katy Stubanas, M.Ed.
Temporary in Building 02, room 208 (extension 2104).
- Imane Boukhare, M.Psy.
Many students encounter stress during their educational experience; most of them deal with it successfully but, for some, difficulties can become unmanageable.
You can come to us for any problem that may interfere with your functioning and adjustment capabilities
Counseling is a short-term and interpersonal process of helping persons who are basically psychologically healthy resolve personal, social, educational problems or cultural adjustment in order to enhance study success and personal development.
- Counselors are non-judgmental! We are here to listen to you and to help you make your own decisions.
- We are bound by confidentiality! We will not tell.
Emergency situations are situations in which a person is a danger to herself and/or somebody else. If a student is disclosing suicidal ideations for example or if a student’s behavior is disruptive, staff and faculty members will call immediately the health center at extension 2057 or security 2222. The health center/security will contact the counselor on call.
• Phone extension 2057
• Hours of Operation
- Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 20:00
- Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 noon
• Emergencies & After Hours Care
- Men x555
- Women x3333
24-hour emergency phone numbers
• Off-Campus (0535) 86 2222
• On-Campus x2222
• Security & Safety Controller x2014
• Main Gate x2165
• Men’s Residence ext 555
• Women’s Residence ext 3333